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href=”http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,997458,00.html” target=”_blank”>Time Magazine article below and get lots more info on paid car advertising.
Let’s say someone offers to pay you cash money to get into your car every day and drive to and from the office, the same as you usually do, with just one catch. A vinyl wrapper will be stretched over the car so that it looks like you’re driving a pint of ice cream.
You tastefully decline, choosing not to contribute to a culture in which everything is for sale and ads are scrawled on every inch of space that isn’t part of someone’s forehead. But what if they paid you enough to wipe out your car payment? Or if the ad were for something cool, like a dotcom? You’re a red-blooded American. For the right price, of course you’d sell out. So in case you were wondering, the line forms at Autowraps.com and 23,000 people got there ahead of you.
“I was stuck in traffic one day and thought, ‘Wow, all these cars look really boring,'” says Daniel Shifrin, 31, a former executive headhunter who started Autowraps in San Diego last year and moved it to San Francisco in February. “I’d read where outdoor-advertising space was so scarce and the demand was growing, and I thought–the car is the last form of available real estate out there.”
Welcome to the NASCAR Nation, where a trip to the market may soon seem like two laps in the Cracker Barrel 500. Shifrin says he’s done $1 million in sales this year and has 160 cars on the road draped in the same clear-vinyl ads you see on buses. Most of the cars are in the San Francisco area, where drivers get as much as $400 a month, but Shifrin has business in 11 cities and an online registry of 23,000 people who want in on the deal.
He also has two competitors on his tail. MyFreeCar.com also in San Francisco, pays drivers $350 a month to use their own wheels but hopes to find advertisers who will cough up free cars.
FreeCar.com in Los Angeles, plans to offer ad-covered cars for two years, scot-free. Competition is so intense that when Esquire magazine spoofed the auto-ad idea last April and set up a website where people could sign up to be drivers, enough folks took it seriously that FreeCar.com bought the site for $25,000 to add to its database.
Shifrin sees a day when thousands of drivers get car insurance in exchange for a wrap. Others see the end of the world. “It’s the same as putting a billboard in your front yard. The public realm is being visually polluted,” says Jim Chappell, president of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Gary Ruskin of Commercial Alert, a Washington watchdog group, wonders if auto ads can be outlawed as a traffic hazard. “The advertising industry is in our face at every turn, and many of us feel assaulted.”
Wake up, Gary. The war is over, and you lost. Every other yahoo on the street is proudly advertising for Tommy Hilfiger, John Deere or the Boston Red Sox. At least Autowraps drivers get paid. “I’m making the choice to do with my car as I please,” says flight attendant Billy Dulin, 33, as we tool around San Francisco in his Volkswagen Beetle. Dulin pockets $250 a month for a partial wrap pitching Lowestpremium.com car insurance.
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It might not be the cutest thing to drive around in a car wrapped in advertisement, but it pays, so who cares. They truly get a lot of attention. I’ve seen about 5 in my lifetime, and yes everyone on the road was staring each time. So it works.
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